We, as lifetime subscribers, already paid upfront for the continued development of this game. We didn't pay so that it would go F2P. Now I'm fine with opening the game up for more players via F2P, but we, as Lifetime subscribers should not be subsequently nickel and dimed for every new addition to the game. Again, we already PAID FOR THAT!
Lifetime subscribers should therefore be provided with either a master-master key that is permanently attached to all characters on the account, or the boxes should automatically open for those with Lifetime subscriptions to the game. Period!
I'm perfectly fine paying for special items listed in the C-Store, as I've already probably spent an equal amount in C-Store purchases as I did for my Lifetime subscription. I am NOT OK with having to pay to open loot items that I earn from playing the game, again, a game that we already paid for the continued development of.
And when you come to the conclusion that this is the proper way to treat your lifetime subscribers, especially those who've been around since beta days, you should also refund any of our master key purchases already made.
You paid for access to the game... and more importantly, you paid it to someone else.
PWE wants your money. Now, not two years ago.
You're welcome not to buy lottery tickets from them, but don't expect to be given any for free.
Yes we are just dead weight to them unless we pay something. The 400CP a month only makes me spend another 800Cp a month to get something. It is a nice gift but the truth is that I will keep spending money if they keep coming out with all of those cool toys.
Only solution I see would be to make the ship available for a flat rate i nthe c-store to lifetime or gold members, and you would buy it like any other c-store ship.
Personaly i'd be happy if they simply stoped spamming me every time some one else got the ship.
The above will not happen for the same reason that has been repeated nearly ad nauseam.
CBS will not allow a ship to be used in such a way as to be defined as "non-canon" (ex. Fed captains flying around in a Galor in large numbers). In order to win CBS' approval for the ship to be used in shcu a way ingame, it must be obtained in a manner that is defined as "ultra-rare". (read: not readily or easily obtainable) Therefore, ships such as the Galor will never be obtainable in the C-Store, at any price. They can only be obtained in such manner as a grab bag or lottery, and be the ultra-rare prize in such methods.
As a Lifer it does not bother me really. It's a Subscription benefit only - not a you can have everything pass. Pre-Free2Play I saw it as; Pay Monthly, 6 Monthly, or pay Once. Once you pass the LTS cost threshold you feel the cost benefits. There was plenty of C-Store before F2p so nothing has really changed for me. There is nothing in the Lock Box that I really want anyway.
You paid your LTS for access (as has been mentioned). At no time were you ever guaranteed a lifetime of free stuff from the C-Store. You get 400 cryptic points for free. That's 4 free keys. I'm not a LTS or a current Gold member, so I pay money to get Cryptic points, which I can then use to get keys if I so choose. You don't have to buy Cryptic points. You get handed 400 of them every month, just because at one point you paid for a Lifetime Sub, or because you choose to pay $15 a month for access and the perks associated with that.
At no time is the C-Store included in any of that. What you're complaining about is that Cryptic/PWE won't give away the store to make you happy for buying a LTS that was totally your choice to buy. Most of the money that PWE/Cryptic is going to make will be from the C-Store. They have to stock it with fun, enticing items for people to buy in-game. You don't have to buy them. You can play the game perfectly fine without these items, and while I do sympathize, and believe that LTS and Gold members should get some great benefits, when it comes to stuff like this, you have no grounds on which to base your complaint.